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Educator Wellness: Self-Care in a Selfless Field

By Dr. Lilla Dale McManis January 16, 2018

If you fly with any regularity, you’re likely very familiar with the flight attendant’s instructions to place the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting children. The reason, of course, is that you can’t do a very good job if you don’t take care of yourself first. Particularly in challenging situations, this is absolutely vital. Teaching… Read More

The holidays are over and school is back in session in a matter of days. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and to plan for the year ahead—new year, new you, right? Here are some attainable New Year’s resolutions nearly every teacher can appreciate, as told through gifs. What will your resolution… Read More

Q&A with Concordia EdD Student, Anthony Williams

By The Room 241 Team December 26, 2017

“We work for all people but specifically target individuals from low-income, minority backgrounds, or those that are exceptional learners to help bring equity of access to STEAM education.” That’s the mission set forth by BEACON House, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Hagerstown, MD that seeks to bring STEAM education to both children and adults…. Read More

Between grading papers, planning for the new year, and that extra-special energy students are buzzing with from Thanksgiving through the holiday break, it’s super difficult for teachers to actually unplug over the holidays—but it’s so important that we do. Here’s why, followed by tips that will do dedicated educators a lot of good. Remember, self-care… Read More

How to Thank a Teacher (When You’re a Teacher, Too)

By The Room 241 Team November 23, 2017

November is the perfect time to say thanks, but it’s more than gathering around a table with your family and loved ones. Think about the teachers in your life—the ones educating tomorrow’s leaders, inspiring everyone around them, and being there for their students 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, and 366 days a… Read More

The Easiest Exercises To Do Right At Your Desk

By The Room 241 Team October 24, 2017

Running on a treadmill or going to a spin class might be the last thing you feel like doing after a long work day. Before and after the bell rings, you’re grading papers, meeting with students, planning, and more. You’re constantly putting your own life on hold so you can be there for your students day… Read More

Virtual Applause Part 2: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 17, 2017

Small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection make a difference in the classroom. In this blog series, Virtual Applause, we recognize teachers across the country who make an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging with their students, and finding opportunities to connect education to the world outside the classroom. Every state and… Read More

An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere on World Teachers' Day

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 5, 2017

Dear teachers everywhere, You have the most exciting, fulfilling, exhausting, overwhelming, incredible job that exists today. That’s a bold statement, yes. But you do. When you’re in the classroom, you put everything going on in your own life on hold so that you can be present, so that you can nurture the minds and hearts… Read More

How Teachers Feel About Punctuation (In Gifs)

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team September 24, 2017

In honor of National Punctuation Day, spend a minute relating with other educators and have a laugh over these oh-so-common punctuation situations you’ve no doubt experienced. When a student turns in a paper full of appropriately used commas: When you read a news article online and they used its instead of it’s: When your colleague… Read More

"The Biggest Lesson a Teacher Ever Taught Me…"

By The Room 241 Team September 22, 2017

Among the many reasons why all of us on Concordia’s enrollment team do what we do, there’s this: we respect teachers. We know that the countless lessons they impart throughout their careers don’t fade over time, but instead can grow stronger and more meaningful as life goes on. Of course, as the days fly by,… Read More

Live a Balanced Life While Thriving In Your Graduate Program

By Denise Dempsey, Concordia MEd '16 September 8, 2017

Before embarking on my online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University-Portland, I spent 15 years working as a health educator, helping individuals find balance and resilience in daily life. My professional knowledge served me well as I ventured into the world of being an online grad student. And after graduation, all that hard work—and… Read More

Virtual Applause: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 18, 2017

Almost every teacher will tell you that they didn’t choose their profession for the spotlight. For many teachers, their greatest successes are seemingly small moments that happen with their students in the classroom every day. Still, there are teachers across the country who are making an impact on the lives of their students through innovative… Read More

In Honor of Left-Handers Day: Legendary Lefties

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 13, 2017

This one goes out to all the lefties out there. Today we celebrate you. Since the beginning of time, left-handers have gotten a bad rap. Centuries ago, left-handedness was viewed as inferior and evil, and while these views have since changed, the everyday life of a lefty can still be tricky. In a world where… Read More

5 Tips for Earning an MEd While Still Teaching Full Time

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 7, 2017

Being a teacher is just as rewarding as it can be tiring. Nearly every day of the week, you’re grading papers and lesson planning. You may have kids of your own and advise Key Club. You may exercise every AM, or tutor every PM. Whatever your lifestyle, you don’t want to shuffle it around—but you… Read More

A Day in the Life of a Concordia Online Student

By Room 241 Team August 3, 2017

Earning your Master of Education degree is one of the smartest and most exciting moves you can do for your teaching career. Here’s an example of what your typical day might look like as a Concordia University-Portland student. As you can see, balancing work, family, and your master’s program is absolutely doable—and in the end,… Read More